Jahn's Family Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlor (See the song Frank Jahn the Ice Cream Mon - not man - for pronunciation - that and other stories about the parlor were on their menus in the 1970s) was an old-fashioned ice cream parlor and restaurant with locations in the New York City area and Miami-Dade County, Florida, and was famous for its huge Kitchen Sink Sundae. Only the Jahn's located in Jackson Heights, Queens is still operating.
The first location opened in 1897 by John Jahn at 138th Street and Alexander Avenue in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx. By 1918, he took off for 5 years and let his children, Elsie, Frank, and Howard mind the store. Later, he opened three more restaurants: one for Elsie in Jamaica, one for Frank in Richmond Hill, and one for Howard in Bayside & Flushing. By the 1950s, there were Jahn's locations across Brooklyn with the most popular in Flatbush,and others in Marine Park, Bay Ridge, Sheepshead Bay, the Fordham section of the Bronx, Jackson Heights, Forest Hills, Eastchester, East Meadow, West Islip, Great Neck, Williston Park, Rockville Centre, Cedarhurst, Union, New Jersey, Fair Lawn, New Jersey, Coral Gables, Florida, and Sunny Isles Beach, Florida.
In November 2007, one of the last two remaining Jahn's, in Richmond Hill, closed. Only the Jahn's located at 81–04 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights, Queens is still operating. It can be reached most easily with the #7 train to the 82nd St. station, or the E, F, R, or M train to the 74th St-Roosevelt Ave. station.
In addition to its huge Kitchen Sink Sundae, other popular ice cream treats included the Boilermaker, the Awful Awful, the Suicide Frappe', Screwball's Delight, the Joe Sent Me and the (#”&’$?/) Special. The "Flaming Desire" came to the table with an alcohol soaked sugar cube on fire and five scoops of ice cream.
The 2012 menu still boasts The Kitchen Sink that will feed eight and costs $51.95. The Banana Royal comes with 3 large scoops of ice cream, a whole banana, hot fudge, whipped cream and several maraschino cherries at a cost of $8.95. One of these is easily enough for two people. Some of the other concoctions are Super Duper, Shissel, Bombshell, Tall In The Saddle, Flaming Desire and Brooklyn Kibitzer.
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